Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia is the first and only ongoing source of rare pink diamonds in the world, and this month, a new collection of the diamonds launched. The Argyle Pink Everlastings Collection is a stunning offering of Argyle pink diamonds that display the impressive colour palette of the mine’s gems. There are 64 diamonds in the collection, and they weigh a total of 211.21 carats, which accounts for just two percent of the mine’s annual yields.
It’s been 40 years since the Argyle diamond was discovered, and next year is its final year of production. It is estimated that less than 100 carats of similar quality to the Everlastings Collection will be produced before it closes. Vivienne Becker, who is a jewellery historian, told Rio Tinto, “The Everlastings Collection, representing one of the last offerings of its kind from the Argyle mine, will feed the unstoppable demand from designers and jewellers who appreciate the finite rarity of these beautiful gems.”
As with all of the gems produced by the Argyle mine, each of the diamonds in the Everlastings Collection come with a Certificate of Authenticity. The Rio Tinto Copper & Diamonds vice president of sales and marketing, Alan Chirgwin, said “The accumulation of these diamonds from a certifiable source in various shapes, sizes and colours is the result of a painstaking endeavour, unlikely to be ever repeated.”
The six hero diamonds comprise a smaller tender collection, called The Quest for the Absolute, all named in honour of their ethereal heritage and timeless beauty. They include a radiant, 1.75 carat Fancy Red diamond called Argyle Enigma, a 1.48 carat heart-shaped Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink diamond called Argyle Amari, and Argyle Opus, a 2.01 carat round-shaped Fancy Intense Pink diamond.
Bids for The Argyle Pink Everlastings Collection, tendered alongside the annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender in Perth, Singapore, London and New York, closed on 9th October.
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Written by - Tara MacInnis